Given that Sony chose IFA last year as its debut venue for the Xperia Z1 smartphone, then MWC for the Z2, it would make sense that a new device is well underway for this year's IFA, which will be happening just two short months from now. Perhaps it's just Sony's rapid iteration cycle, but the Z3 looks largely similar to the Z2, at least from the pictures we have of it so far in this alleged leak, which has a model number of L55t to the Z2's L50t, strongly suggesting its successor status.
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If you're a heavy user of Microsoft's cultishly-beloved OneNote application, good news: the company has just announced that it will be publicly testing a beta version of the Android app via Google's Play Store beta program. Yay!
To sign up, just join the OneNote Google+ community and then head to this page to opt-in to the beta. While Microsoft hasn't announced any new OneNote Beta features just yet, they're saying a new beta version of the app should be going live "soon," so testers will likely be getting some new and interesting things to play with in the coming days or weeks.
In what has become modernly an exceedingly rare circumstance, the US's highest lawmaking body today introduced a bill that would do something moderately useful: remove utterly useless FCC etchings from the back of electronics. The bill is known as the E-Label Act, and the bill was introduced by two US Senators, Deb Fischer and Jay Rockefeller. The act, as written, would allow manufacturers of goods requiring FCC certifications to "stamp" their FCC approval digitally, rather than physical etchings or markings on the product itself.
Looking to pick up a G3 on a US carrier of the non-magenta variety, and looking to do so on the cheap(-ish)? Best Buy may have the deal just for you - they're offering LG's latest flagship for $100 off the normal 2-year agreement price of $199, meaning you'll be paying half of what the carriers are asking if you walk into one of their stores today.
Granted, this probably means we'll be seeing the G3 at a discount a good amount over the course of its life, but if you just can't wait, this Best Buy offer is pretty good.
Chromecast's new screen casting feature has a lot of us very excited, and understandably so: you can now... Android... on a gigantic screen, at the push of a button. Or touch, I guess. Anyway, screen casting is pretty awesome, but there's one thing that's bugging some people: latency. Now, if you're sitting right next to your router, and your Chromecast is also sitting right next to your router, the latency on screen casting generally isn't that bad (probably less than 100ms).
While Apple was eventually forced into settling for $32.5 million in customer reimbursements during a similar investigation launched by the FTC last year, it seems Amazon isn't interested in paying out for unauthorized purchases on its own Appstore, and the FTC isn't taking it lying down.
Today, the de facto consumer protection agency in the US filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon under the wide-reaching FTC Act's section 45, which prohibits "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce." Yes, that is a law.
A new version of the official Google Keyboard is rolling out at the moment, but you can pick up the APK right here if you can't wait. Today's Google Keyboard update adds a few things, but it's not a huge update.
First and foremost are new input languages. Indian English, Basque, Galician, Swiss Italian, and Latin American Spanish are all now supported. Next, the voice input shortcut has been moved for apps that don't use the inline search box voice input button (it shows up for some that do, too, oddly).
Last month, we reported that the Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7, and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices were all appearing as out of stock on the Play Store for several weeks. Today, Google officially removed the Z Ultra, G Pad, and M7 from the Play Store, and they no longer appear under the Google Play Edition devices section.
The remaining three phones are the One M8, Moto G, and Galaxy S4.
Fire up the rumor mill, because with the annual IFA trade show just two months away, the leaks are already starting to roll in. Today's comes from Sammobile in the form of two new images relating to Samsung's upcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.
The first image would seem to confirm the Gear VR branding (it appears to be a screenshot from a setup app), while the second may be a first-use tutorial.
Based on evidence from two tipsters, it seems all but inevitable that Google Now will be receiving media and music playback controls at some point in the future. Some users are already seeing these actions in proto-form on their devices, which can be activated simply by saying "next song." What appears, if your account is enabled for the feature, is shown in the left screenshot. If the function doesn't work, you'll see the one on the right.